Lost my D drive.

kessy56March 25, 2012

Okay, I'm not very savvy with computers so I'll explain the best I can. Previously, if I had a folder of photos saved on my desktop, I could right click on the folder, go to 'send to', and then click on D and my photos would transfer to a cd. For some reason, when I click on 'send to', the D isn't there anymore! When I click on My Computer, it isn't there either! How can I get it back? Thanks for any help! (and please remember, I need simple explanations, lol). By the way, I admire all you who talk 'big language' in computers. :)

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zep516

Hi kessy56,

Your DVD RW Drive is not showing in my computer?

What is the operating system installed?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 5:23PM
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kudzu9

When you right-click on Start / Explore All Users, which drives letters are showing?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 5:51PM
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owbist

What happens when you insert a music CD or video DVD in the drawer and close it? Do the LED lights flash on the CD drive?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 8:01PM
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kessy56

First of all, I have XP. When I go to My Computer, the D drive is there. (I swear it wasn't there yesterday, but I know that sounds unbelievable). When I put a music cd in a few minutes ago, it played. When I right click on start and go to Explore All Users, it doesn't show any drive.
I'll explain a little more about what I have done in the past and what's happening now: I take tons of photos and download them onto my computer. I make folders on my desktop & label them by the month. Then I take the photos out of my easyshare, label them as to the subject and put them into the monthly folder on my desktop. In other words, I may have a folder labeled March 2012 and in it may be a photo labeled "Allison with her cake". Anyway, then I would right click on the folder, click on send to, and then click on D drive and it would copy the photos in that folder to my cd. Well now, when I click on send to, there isn't a D drive in the drop down box.
I opened the folder (remember, I'm running XP) and over on the left there is a place labeled "Picture Tasks". It only says view as a slide show, order prints online, or print pictures. It use to have copy to cd there, but that's gone.
When I had the folder opened, I went up to "Edit" and the word "copy" is grayed out so I can't click on it.
Thanks for your questions in regards to helping me figure this out!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 2:33PM
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mxyplx

I typed Drive D dissappeard into google got lotta hits. Here is one. Didn't follow it thru tho.

This used to happen to me with W/98 or maybe W/95 a lot. Can't recall exactly what I did each time but must have reinstalled it somehow. It got to be a routine PITA.

Here is a link that might be useful: Disapeerd

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 4:38PM
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zep516

1. Open My Computer - click Tools - Folder Options
2. Check "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System Files"
3. Open D Drive.
4. Check if there is an Autorun.inf exist.
5. Select the file and delete it.
6. Click Start - Run - type regsvr32 /i shell32.dll
just copy and paste the the above in bold into the run box.
7 Restart your PC and check if the problem get solved.

Let us know.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 5:40PM
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kudzu9

"When I right click on start and go to Explore All Users, it doesn't show any drive." Did you look closely? If you look at all the listings from top-to-bottom you will find all the drives recognized by the system. That doesn't mean that you will only see the drives listed, and nothing else, because you are looking at a bunch of directories, too. However, if you look at all of these lines, you will see the drives, starting, probably, with "Local Drive (C:)" listed under "Computer," and any other drives in alphabetical order at various places below the listing for C:.

If you can't find a listing of your drives, then something is wrong with Windows Explorer. If you are not seeing your drives, what do you see?

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 6:43PM
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kessy56

Ok Zep, "Show hidden files and folders" was already checked and "Hide Protected Operating System Files" was already unchecked. Then when I clicked on the D Drive, I get a box that appears that tells me to insert a disk into the D Drive. Did you mean to go the the properties on the D Drive? If I do that, the box has General, AutoPlay, Hardware, and Sharing but I don't see anywhere that says Autorun.inf exist. Am I doing something wrong? I sure appreciate this!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 6:46PM
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zep516

Autorun.inf exist.

That's ok you don't see that.

Copy this--> regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

click Start in the start menu look for Run
click it, what the run box opens. Paste the Bold command above into the run box, hit ok, reboot. Now tell us if you see the D in the right click context menu.

If not we should consider a System Restore.

Let us know.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 7:13PM
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kessy56

I did what you told me to, zep. When I right click on start and go to Explore All Users, it doesnt show the D drive. Nothing has changed.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 12:36AM
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owbist

Umm, perhaps the D drive does not show when there is no CD in the drive?

Right click on Start
click Explore and you'll possibly see no D drive.
With Explore open now insert a data CD and watch the left column, it should show the D drive within a few seconds.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 6:50AM
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zep516

If that does not work try the system restore.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 1:12PM
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